German Mountain Troop soldiers climb the snow covered Mount Elbrus in the Caucasus. Soldiers in winter uniform climb in skis and with ropes. A soldiers surveys the surroundings with binoculars. Soldiers put a marking in the snow. They rush down the mountain to their camp. They inform their comrades of a planned Soviet attack. The German soldiers take their position and fire machine guns and artillery. The Soviet attack is beaten off.
The Battle of Caucasus in the Soviet Union during World War II. Posters of World War II. Allied ships arrive in Germany. Crates unloaded from the ships. Red Army officers discuss a map. Animated map of Caucasus. Snow covered mountain ranges in Caucasus. A train on tracks. Animated map shows various transport routes and Stalingrad. Monuments and buildings in Stalingrad. Automobile traffic on a road. Animated map depicts German plan to occupy Stalingrad. A river between mountains.
Slate reads: "Russian troops turning the Turkish flank," in World War 1. They are seen massed on a snowy plain in the Caucasus. Then, led by mounted officers, they march along a muddy path in the snow. Next they are seen moving in a very long single file column, through snow covered landscape. Large numbers of Turkish prisoners of war move past the camera in a town and march along a snowy path. Occasional armed Russian soldiers are seen by the prisoners. Russian troops place supplies in a sledge. They are seen transporting soldiers and supplies in bullock carts and sleds drawn by cattle. They employ Bactrian camels that are able to withstand the extreme cold. They move a herd of camels through a village and up a steep mountain road. (World War i; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
German commando troops attack Russian positions in the Kuban Lakes area near Russian Black Sea Port of Novorossiysk, Northwest Caucasus, during World War II. Map depicts the area of operations. German commando units in motor launches raid Russian positions. View of a bay from mountain. The commandos load in motor boats and move through marshes and lakes . The troops wade through water and move on land to attack Russian targets. They fire machine guns. Commandos returning to their base, where several are seen at a pier with their boat, as other boats arrive.
Damaged USS Louisville (CA-28) hit by Japanese Kamikase in World War 2. Damaged forward stack of the ship. Float of its scout plane left on catapult, is jettisoned. Large stack of the USS Louisville knocked down. Engine of seaplane blown up by explosion on the signal bridge. Man welds in superstructure. View of other men working to repair damage to the Cruiser.. [Note: The following eyewitness account of the kamikaze attack was recorded by Seamen 1st Class, Enrico Trotta, who was a crew member on the USS Louisville (CA-28) from 1943 to 1946, "At 1923 (hours) two planes which were identified as friendly flew around and one kamikaze dove onto the battleship USS Mississippi BB 41. The other kamikaze plane turned to the Louisville and started to make a run on us. I was on No. #4 - 20 mm AA gun mount on the port side below #2 main battery and I fired 58 rounds to set the kamikaze plane on fire prior to hitting the Louisville’s front smoke stack bending and twisting it and killing 9 men on the 40 mm gun mount mounting on the forward superstructure tripod about 140 feet from our gun mount. The kamikaze also cut our sea plane off and left only the pontoon on the catapult. Three other 20 AA mm gun crews opened up firing 4, 11, and 20 rounds as well. We were not told to fire for we did it on our own. We were only manning the guns at the time and were not on general quarters. Later, the officers came by and said good job."]
American troops of the 45th Infantry Division, are seen in mountains after breaking through the first segment of the German Winter Line, near San Pietro Infine, Italy, in World War 2. It is Christmas Day, 1943 and they occupy Mount Lungo. They receive Christmas dinner in their individual mass kits and sit down on the ground to eat it. On December 28th, they employ pack mules and also use stretchers to retrieve remains of fallen 3rd Division defenders down the steep mountain trails of Mount Lungo. They place the carefully wrapped remains at the base of a bullet pock-marked stone structure. Scene shifts to Mount Sammucro where American troops take advantage of a brief lull in fighting. On 1 January, 1944, Second Corp reinforcements have arrived and Americans commence a new assault on the German Winter Line defenses, with an artillery barrage on German positions guarding San Vittore del Lazio. View of smoke rising from that town. Shelling of Mountaintop flanking Highway 6held by Germans. Groups of American troops firing mortars from valley below. Shells exploding on German positions. Closeup of American gun crew loading and firing a 155mm long tom field gun. Soldiers holding their ears when gun fires. Bombs dropped from American warplanes explode near roads in the valley. Glimpse from U.S. warplane flying overhead, of smoke rising from German positions in the Winter Line. Soldiers of the 168th Infantry Regiment firing a recoiless rifle from wooded area. Shells striking at base of mountain. Troops of the U.S. 137 Infantry Regiment advancing on San Vittore. view in the Italian town on 7 January, 1944, when street fighting has ended. American soldiers are seen mingling with the civilian inhabitants. German military equipment destroyed and burning during the American Winter Line offensive. Captured German soldiers being taken into custody, searched, and processed as prisoners of war.